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Entrance Exam Information

**Please note this information is relevant for Secondary Transfer in September 2019 and may be subject to change for Secondary Transfer in September 2020. Please refer to the website for updates**

The Governors’ Entrance Examination consists of three separate papers. These have been designed to identify the most able candidates and children of average or below average ability are likely to find them very difficult. The tests are considered to be valid, reliable and fair. The three papers are:

Verbal Reasoning
A verbal reasoning test that takes approximately one hour to deliver – provided by GL Assessment.

A 1 hour comprehension paper which includes an extended writing piece – written internally

A 1 hour paper – written internally

Children who wish to sit the Entrance Examination must live within one of our Local Priority Areas.   Registration takes place when children are in Year 5 and is open between mid-May and mid-June.  We are unable to consider any registration requests after the closing date for registration.  Our tests take place over two days right at the beginning of September when the children are starting Year 6. Children need to attend on both days. Please do not send in any supporting material of academic aptitude/ability as we are unable to take these into consideration.

Letters with exact timings and further details will be sent out before the end of the summer term. 

Familiarisation papers are available for all to view and additional sample papers are available to purchase. We strongly advise all children to look at these papers to familiarise themselves with the format of our tests.

Once the verbal reasoning papers have been marked these raw scores are converted to an “age-standardised score” based on the child’s age in completed months. This takes into account that some children are very young in the year group and is carried out by the test providers. The candidates are then ranked in order of their marks.

Children ranked below position 325 will be deemed by the Governors not to be eligible for consideration for admission to the school under the academic criterion and will therefore not have their English and Mathematics papers marked.

Children ranked between position 1 and 325 (325 candidates) will have their English and Mathematics papers marked , “age- standardised” and combined with the results from the verbal reasoning test to produce a total combined mark which will then be ranked accordingly.

Parents of children who have special educational or medical needs, which may require the School to make particular provision for the tests must provide written evidence of the child’s normal way of working from their current school Headteacher.  This evidence must be sent by the deadline date as advised on the Test Registration Form.  Parents will be informed in advance of the test date of any appropriate special arrangements that will be made for their child. Every effort will be made to ensure that the tests are accessible and fair to all children.

Children that are medically unfit on the test day (a medical certificate will be required) or have religious reasons for being unable to attend (proof will be required)  will be offered one further date to attend. Notification must be within 24 hours of the tests taking place.

A child may only take the Entrance Tests for admission to Year 7 once.

Test Results
Results of these academic tests (which will include a breakdown of marks and a ranking) will be sent by letter before the end of October and may be helpful to parents when making their child’s school application. Parents who wish to apply for a place at Dame Alice Owen’s School must include it as one of their preferences when making their child’s secondary transfer application via their home Local Authority.

We would appreciate if you could refer to our comprehensive FAQs list before contacting the school with any further queries, as you may find the answer to your question here. This will enable our Admissions Officer and general office staff to deal with priority calls – thank you for your consideration.

Further information including our Admissions Arrangements, Key Dates and Practice Papers can be accessed via the Admissions section of the school website.